Peppernut cookies, or Pfeffernusse in German, are traditionally tiny spice cookies (the size of a nut) and are loaded with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg. There’s molasses, too, for a deep flavor and a splash of brandy for brightness. But, the ingredient that sets these little guys apart is pepper!
I got the idea to turn my peppernut cookies into snowmen from a happy accident made by Heavenly Homemakers, who found that when she put three cookie dough balls near each other on the tray, they merged together into a snowman. I put my dough balls close on purpose. :)
My tasters were scared of these peppernut snowmen, however there was no reason for them to be. The pepper in peppernut cookies gives them a little spunk and, once one peppernut cookie was happily eaten, word spread about how tasty they were. Soon, people weren’t only trying them, but having seconds and thirds.
Peppernut Snowmen Cookies Recipe
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Peppernut Snowmen Cookies
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pink peppercorns you can smash them with a mortar and pestle or use a spice grinder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- pinch cloves
- pinch nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped almonds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 1/2 tablespoons brandy